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Anthropology Diploma and Awards Ceremony

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Department Diploma and Awards Ceremony Information for Students:

As in the 2019-2020 academic year during COVID19, the Department of Anthropology will again participate in the school-based digital platform memory book, BrightCrowd, in the 2020-2021 academic year during COVID19. Graduating students, nominated by the department, will be invited to participate directly by the Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences.

In addition, the department will publish a graduation and awards video for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 graduates, during COVID19. The video will be published via the Stanford University YouTube account on Friday, June 11, 2021 from 9:00am (PST). 

Youtube Link Here starting at 9am PST

Join the Department of Anthropology as we say Congratulations! to the

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All family, faculty, and affiliates of the Anthropology Department are welcome to join

as we celebrate our amazing graduating seniors & graduate students

receiving their degrees and taking the next big steps in their journey.

Youtube Link Here starting at 9am PST


The information detailed below is applicable during an academic year unimpacted by COVID19. The information below is not applicable in the 2020-2021 academic year due to COVID19. 


Department of Anthropology, Diploma and Awards Ceremony - For Students

The deadline to submit the Commencement Walkthrough Petition form *(used for the Department Diploma and Awards Ceremony) located at is on or by May 15th. This form is used by students, not graduating in the Spring Quarter, but seeking approval to ‘walk-through’ the department ceremony ‘as if’ graduating (i. e. wearing robes, receiving a diploma cover and department recognition of the near-to-graduating status). Students with permission to walkthrough the department ceremony will be included in the Department Diploma and Awards Ceremony program.

*Please note that the Walkthrough Petition is NOT a Stanford University Registrar application to graduate nor is it a petition to withdraw an application to graduate. For Spring Quarter Degree Conferral, all students must submit the Stanford University Registrar’s application to graduate via AXESS located at by the published deadline. Information can be found at:

Students should complete the Commencement Walkthrough Petition form and return to the relevant Student Services Officer, either Tina Jeon, (50-51N) for graduating B.A or Co-terminal and terminal M.A. students, or Shelly Coughlan, (50, 51G) for graduating Ph.D. students on or by May 15th via email (.pdf file attachment).

The Department of Anthropology’s minimum requirements for approval of a student’s  Commencement Walkthough Petition form are as follows:

B.A. students should have completed at least 160 units and confirmed faculty advisor approval.
M.A. students should have completed at least 36 units and confirmed faculty advisor approval.
Ph.D. students must have “ABD” status, TGR enrollment (Graduation Quarter Petition submission, if appropriate), and Dissertation Reading Committee Advisor approval.

Department of Anthropology, Diploma and Awards Ceremony - General Information

LOCATION – The department ceremony takes place at the New Guinea Sculpture Gardens, located between Roble Drive and Lomita Drive at Santa Teresa Street.

TIME – Graduates and guests normally arrive from the main ceremony at 11:45am. Everyone should be seated by 12:15pm. The ceremony will begin at 12:30pm, and will last until approximately 1:30pm.

FOOD – The department provides catered hors d’oeuvres and refreshments after the diploma and awards ceremony beginning at 1:30pm, directly following the ceremony.

PROCESSION – There is no procession at the beginning of the department ceremony. Graduates should be seated at the start of the program and, upon direction from a staff member, will rise when their name is called to receive the diploma.

GRADUATES SEATING – All graduates will be seated directly in front of the lecturn/podium. Graduates are seated in alphabetical order according to degree (Ph.D., M.A., B.A). Upon arrival at the Garden, please look for the chair with your name card on it. If you cannot find a chair with your name, find a staff member immediately.

DISABILITY-RELATED ACCOMODATIONS- If disability-related accommodation or access information is needed, please review the information located at

GENERAL SEATING/TICKETS – Tickets are not required and there is no reserved seating. The Department and Diploma and Awards Ceremony is open, festival-style seating 

CAP, GOWN, and REGALIA – Please order your cap and gown from Stanford Bookstore, or other entity by the published deadline. Regarding Regalia, the Social Sciences is represented by a White Hood

PHOTOGRAPHY – There will be no professional photography at the event, but photography during the ceremony is allowed.

NAME PRONUNCIATION – If a student is interested in providing information regarding their name and correct pronunciation, please use the NameCoarch function associated with AXESS

RESTROOMS AND ACCESSIBILITY – The Thornton Center (Terman Annex) is located at 379 Santa Teresa Street. Accessible restrooms are centrally located (by the elevator).

Regarding Disability-Related Accommodations and Services, for disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information, please contact: Anthropology Student Services at phone: 650 723 4641 or email: Requests should be made on or by May 15th.